Ronald Reagan

  • by John Patrick Diggins
  • Narrated by Ray Porter
  • 16 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Following his departure from office, Ronald Reagan moved to the margins of public interest. But like Lincoln, who was also attacked for decades after his death, Reagan deserves to be regarded as one of our greatest presidents, an exemplar of true conservative values. In this bold and philosophical reevaluation, Diggins reveals that Reagan was a far more active and sophisticated president than we ever knew. His negotiations with Mikhail Gorbachev and his opposition to foreign interventions demonstrate that he was not a rigid hawk. In his pursuit of Emersonian ideals and distrust of big government, he was an open-minded libertarian, combining a reverence for America's hallowed historical traditions with an implacable faith in the limitless opportunities of the future.


What the Critics Say

"A significant book....Diggins holds that Reagan needs serious attention from intellectual historians." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Diggins does a superb job of tracing Reagan's intellectual development from old school New Dealer to thoughtful, Emersonian libertarian, and also firmly establishes Reagan's credentials as a major architect of communism's final collapse." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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if you are looking for a book to give you real insight into Ronald Reagan, keep looking. This book is an exercise by the author to rectify his previous own liberally biased views of conservative Reagan with the undeniable positive impact Reagan had on America.

So how does he do it? By concluding that Reagan was, believe it or not, actually a liberal. I kid you not. He tries to convince the reader that, among many other fallacies, Reagan didn't actually believe that the Soviet union was an evil empire.

A terrible book.
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- Randy

Changing History to discredit Reagan

Thought I was purchasing a historical account of Reagan but got someones psycho babble about how they think Reagan was really a liberal... Had to stop listening about when the author states that the New Testament of the Bible is Socialism because of the "Give us this day our daily bread"... just one example of how bad this book is... I'm not a religious extremist but that took the cake.

Does anyone have a good factual book about Reagan they can recommend? I don't want a political view point book but a factual account of his life and Presidency so I can decide for myself... This was not the book for that
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- Dustin Ballinger

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-16-2007
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.